Lake Charles native, Rusty Metoyer, is one of southwest Louisiana’s rising stars. Metoyer and his unique brand of Zydeco music have thrilled audiences from California to New York, in Holland and France, and every weekend from Houston to New Orleans. Rusty Metoyer was immersed in Creole music from a young age. Both of his grandfathers were Creole musicians. However, he didn’t pick up the accordion until the age of 14 after both grandfathers had passed away and he felt that someone needed to keep the tradition going in the family. In 2010, his senior year of high school, he formed the band Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush.
Now 24, Metoyer and his band perform regularly in Louisiana and Texas for a wide variety of events, including festivals, night clubs, trail rides, corporate events, casinos, and private parties. What makes Metoyer’s music unique are the noticeable influences from many different genres such as funk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, hip hop, and soul. Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush have released two albums: Take My Hand (2013) and In Due Time (2016). He is also a member of the creole super group known as Creole United, featuring seasoned creole musicians Ed Poullard and Lawrence Ardoin. They are led by zydeco musicians Andre Thierry and Sean Ardoin.
Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush have been selected to the 2013-2015 Louisiana Musicians Roster, through the Louisiana Division of Arts, Department of Cultural Development. http://louisianasoundtrack.com/ . Metoyer is dedicated to preserving his Creole heritage and culture. He was most recently the recipient of the “Best New Artist Award” at the 5th Zydeco Music and Creole Heritage Awards Ceremony, March 12th, 2017. The award was presented by the C.R.E.O.L.E. Inc (Cultural, Resourceful, Educational Opportunities, & Linguistic Enrichments, Inc) organization of Louisiana. He was also presented with the 2016 “Lasting Impression Award” by LA Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, from the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, at the National Tourism Week Awards Ceremony.
Samples of Rusty’s music can be heard at https://www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/rustymetoyerandthezydeco2 and https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rustymetoyerandthezydeco . Rusty and his band are sure to have their audience dancing and passin’ a good time!